like this guy did, but I just thought I'd let you know I have been growing a fat beard since January 3.
Every month I become a new political philosopher! Alas, I'm probably about a year away from reaching Marxist heights and years away from Darwinian or Tolstoyan grandeur! But Socrates is in reach. All in time, heh heh.
(In truth, it is not merely an aesthetic thing - is anything? - but is a sort of sacramental I, as a Catholic, "wear" to keep me mindful of my union, and hopes for reunion, with Eastern Orthodoxy and Judaism.)